FC0495 'THE HORSERADISH STORY'
The Horseradish Story never really had a title, though Trouble from Long Ago seems to me like a good one (see more of Barks' later suggestions HERE - Editor's remark).
The story is different from other Scrooge
stories in that it is a straight-out adventure story. It
makes Scrooge a victim. He is the sympathetic character
who's put down and trampled on.
Instead of coming up with the climax of the
story first, I came up with the middle. The very basic
kernel is that I wanted to have Scrooge finding an old
lost ship under the ocean, but I had to find a reason to
be salvaging this ship, something more than just treasure
hunting, which anyone can do.
In this story, there's a whole page in which I have a ship wallowing around in the waves. A hurricane is tearing the ship apart, and the villain - who is a real dirty skunk - turns on his own helper. It was a hard-boiled story!
My plots had so many angles in them that once a person read one of them he recognized it when he read it again, even if it was a little different. This story, for example, has an angle that would be hard to reuse exactly. Scrooge saves the villain, even though the scamp is totally worthless. It made Scrooge much more likable. If I had had the nephews tie Scrooge down so that they could rescue the crook, you wouldn't have had much sympathy for Scrooge, but the fact that he helped to rescue the darn guy and then got kicked in the face again made him sweet.
|FC0456 BACK TO THE KLONDIKE|
|FC0495 'THE HORSERADISH STORY'|
|U$06 'TRALLA LA'|
|U$07 'SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA'|
|U$09 THE LEMMING WITH THE LOCKET|
|U$13 LAND BENEATH THE GROUND|
|U$15 THE SECOND-RICHEST DUCK|
|U$18 LAND OF THE PYGMY INDIANS|
|U$29 ISLAND IN THE SKY|
|U$48 THE MANY FACES OF MAGICA DE SPELL|
|U$65 MICRO-DUCKS FROM OUTER SPACE|
|U$McD GO SLOWLY, SANDS OF TIME!|